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What To Expect After a Home Fire

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

What To Expect After a Home Fire

Your home in Puyallup, WA is your castle. Not only is your house likely your most valuable investment, butit is also your sanctuary. As such, few things are more heart-wrenching than watching your home burn, especially when it was due to a candle left burning or a space heater near drapes or other flammable objects. Sill, following a house fire, you want to do what you can to restore your smoke-damaged home to its pre-fire condition. Generally, you can expect four things following your residential fire.

1. Firefighters do their jobs. House fires start for a variety of reasons. Upon arriving at a blaze,
emergency responders diligently search the house for occupants. Then, if a fire extinguisher cannot stop the blaze, firefighters usually spray foam and water into the house to extinguish flames. While fire
damage can be considerable, homeowners are often shocked at the damage fire-cessation measures
cause. Water damage, broken windows, cut walls, and other firefighting aftereffects often meet
returning homeowners.

2. The fire restoration company visits the property. Following most fires, a smoke-damaged home is
not habitable until a professional restoration company cleans and repairs it. Before the company can begin cleaning soot from walls, it usually boards up windows to prevent looting. Then, it formulates a
plan for getting your house back to normal.

3. The fire restoration service cleans belongings off-site. Since fire-damaged houses often aren’t safe, comfortable places to work, restoration professionals usually must clean your personal belongings away from your home. During this process, they use special techniques and skills to remove lingering smoke odor from anything that is salvageable.

4. The fire restoration firm restores the house. Even though you may want your house restored
immediately, fixing a smoke-damaged home takes time. Often, restorers must use ozone or thermal
fogging to remove smoke odors. They may also need to paint your house to eliminate smells.

Finally, professionals must remove soot from the HVAC system, giving your Puyallup, WA house a fresh start following a fire. Nobody wants to go through a home fire. If you do, knowing what to expect can make your fire restoration much more successful. Visit http://www.SERVPROpuyallupsumner.com for more information on fire damage.

Know the Facts About Black Water

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Know the Facts About Black Water

No matter if it’s from a burst pipe, severe storm or natural disaster, flooding can have a significant impact on your commercial building and business operations. When a restoration specialist shows up in the wake of a flood, he or she will assess the situation and sort the water damage into one of three possible categories. The third category, which is also known as black water, is the worst classification, and requires your immediate attention.

Sources of Black Water

When a flood occurs, liquids can surge into your building from a wide array of sources as they follow gravity to find the lowest possible point. If your inspector identifies the infiltration as black water, he or she suspects the liquid came from a few different places:

Rivers, lakes or oceans
Sewer backup
Burst wastewater pipes
Overflowing toilets
Stagnant fluid with significant bacterial growth

Why It’s Dangerous

Black water damage is considered severe because of the negative consequences that come from ingesting or even contacting these liquids. No matter if it came from overflowing rivers or backed up sewers, the fluid should be treated as if it’s contaminated with a whole host of pathogens, bacteria and chemicals. Depending on the severity of exposure and the level of contamination, inhabitants of the building could experience extreme illnesses.

Contamination Can Happen at Any Time

While floods can certainly cause a black water problem, it’s important to realize contaminations are still possible on the sunniest of days in Puyallup, WA. If a toilet overflows with fecal matter, a wastewater pipe bursts or your municipal sewer system backs up into your drains, you could be faced with a situation that requires immediate attention. Should you experience this type of water damage in your commercial building, contact your local remediation service to start down the path towards recovery as soon as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROpuyallupsumner.com for more information on storm damage.

Why Does Sewer Backup Occur During Heavy Rains?

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Why Does Sewer Backup Occur During Heavy Rains?

When heavy rain water comes to town, a lot of it makes its way into the sewer system of Puyallup, WA. As a result of poor upkeep or inferior drainage systems, the water accumulates pieces of sewage and makes its way into buildings. This is known as sewer backup and presents an extremely dangerous situation because black water can enter a building and pose various problems for the people within.

Too Much Buildup

Sewers can only handle so much. This is particularly true in areas where sewage maintenance has fallen to the wayside. Depending on the direction in which sewage needs to flow, the pipes may not be capable of adequately flowing the liquid. It needs to go somewhere, so it flows upward into the nearest exit, which, in some cases, is a drainage pipe inside your building.

Another reason why sewage water will back up into commercial buildings in Puyallup, WA is obstructions in the sewer system. Tree roots can grow at an excessive rate, causing cracks and breakages in the sewer line. Additionally, sewer systems are only meant for certain types of waste. If too many solid objects get in the system, then it can completely block off an entire section of the sewer. Instead of the water flowing through the sewer, it has to flow out of the nearest exit.

Dangers Posed by Sewer Backup

Black water can contain various types of harmful bacteria.

Even if the rest of your building has protections in place to prevent flooding, you need to be certain there are also items in place to prevent sewage from backing up into the building. Even if there does not seem to be much rain water, it only takes a little to wreak havoc within your local sewer systems. Additionally, contact a professional water removal service to handle a backed-up sewer instead of handling the contaminated water yourself.
Visit http://www.SERVPROpuyallupsumner.com for more information on water damage.

Mold In Hard-To-Reach Places

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Hard-To-Reach Places Mold gets behind walls, under crawl spaces, into tiny cracks and corners, and other unreachable places in a home with relative ease.

Mold can get behind walls, under crawl spaces, into tiny cracks and corners, and other hard-to-reach places in a home with ease. This is what has allowed mold to survive throughout the planet's history: it seeks out places where little else can grow, takes root there, and spreads out as far as it can. While this ability is great for the mold, it is bad for your home. Mold eats away at building materials and can even cause health problems for residents. SERVPRO technicians make sure to check these important hard-to-reach places in most mold remediations, in case a colony has taken root without the homeowner noticing.

Under Carpets 
Carpeting is especially susceptible to mold damage. There are a few reasons why carpeting fosters mold growth. First, carpets are absorbent and can store spilled liquid for extended periods of time, giving the mold a suitable and lasting source of moisture to survive on. Second, the fibers and weaving used in most types of carpeting make an excellent home for growing mold spores. We use thermal, chemical, and sometimes physical checks to determine if mold has worked its way under any carpeting.

Behind Walls 
Many of the largest mold colonies SERVPRO technicians tackle are located behind walls or underneath floors. These areas are static and dark, giving mold a perfect place to grow if any moisture is present. Our advanced detection equipment allows us to discover mold in places where you might not be able to find it.

In Cracks And Corners 
Mold does not need much space to start growing, which can make it a formidable opponent in constricted spaces like wall cracks and deep corners. We stock an extensive supply of tools and materials specially designed to reach these colonies, so don't worry if you find the mold in a seemingly impossible place. We’ve got it covered.

SERVPRO of Sumner/Puyallup is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 848-0800.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Puyallup/Sumner Home? 

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Puyallup/Sumner Home?  During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings.

House fires only need a small spark near combustible materials to start burning a home's interior. Other times, arson plays a role. Regardless of the cause, the damage sustained can be extensive and affect areas of a home that never caught on fire.

Residents in the Puyallup/Sumner area should know that fire damage is not the only problem with a house fire. Firefighters know the damaging and deadly effects of smoke, also. Smoke is known to be more deadly than the flames of a fire because smoke permeates everywhere while fire itself is unable to burn without consuming something. Flames are hot, making people move away from them, but smoke is harder to avoid. Only a small amount of smoke needs to be present to cause asphyxiation, especially when people remain asleep.

In addition to being capable of turning family heirlooms into charred pieces of garbage, fires produce smoke and soot of different qualities. These qualities depend greatly on the type of material that was consumed by the fire. Plastics and rubber-based items create possibly the worst and dirtiest of all kinds of smoke and soot when they are burning, with items made of wood producing the least harmful side-products when they are burned. However, everything that burns during a fire produces some amount of smoke, ash, and soot. Soot has an oily feel, and it clings to everything it touches, but at the same time, the microscopic abrasives that soot contains begin to cut into whatever it covers.

SERVPRO employees are trained in determining the different types of soot, and also in how each type needs to be cleaned from the surfaces of the multitude of possible materials in your home. When a house fire is happening, soot and ash are spread through the home and lands on everything. Cleaning soot is not an easy task, but we are experienced and knowledgeable in the most effective methods currently known, providing our customers with the best possible outcomes to a horrible situation.

During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings. Hard surfaces such as shelving where items were stored are cleared and then cleaned. Each item is replaced after being restored to a clean condition. While we might not replace items in their original location, we always attempt to return them to the same area. When items are damaged beyond repair or restoration, we discuss these situations with our customer before disposing of anything.

Other surfaces such as textiles might be laundered at our site, or cleaned and restored at your home. Each item is individually cared for in the best manner possible. We want to obtain the results that make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguishers for Your Puyallup Home Helps Prevent Damage

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy to Mitigate Damages to Your Puyallup Property

SERVPRO Tip, Keep Your Puyallup Home Safe From Fires

Between garage fluids, kitchen appliances, children playing and electrical equipment, there are many things in your home which are possible ignition sources. However, do you have fire extinguishers in your garage, kitchen, and workshop of your home? Also, are they the right kind for your home? Fires are a scary event, no matter their, and SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up after a fire has happened in your home.
 
Fire extinguishers to extinguish fires and fire damage in your Puyallup home are divided into five categories, depending upon the elements of the fires they are made to fight. Each extinguisher is rated with numbers, serving as a guide for how much fire the extinguisher can fight. As the number increases, it indicates more fire-fighting power. The fuel feeding the flame also indicates the correct extinguisher to utilize.
 
Since there are various fire extinguishers to select from, choosing the right one can be a task that is quite daunting. For some people, not knowing what kind to purchase is the biggest hurdle. The best choice for a home fire is an ABC fire extinguisher which is made for multiple kinds of fires.
 
Besides having one in your home, it is just as important to keep it readily available in case of an emergency. Once the fire is out, our technicians at SERVPRO can get to your home quickly to mitigate the damages and repair your home and possessions before more damage occurs from the settled soot and smoke.
 
You should have one or more extinguishers on each level of your home, and the most important areas to keep them are your garage and kitchen since they are the most susceptible to fires.

Kitchen
Here is where most home fires start. Do not place the extinguisher near the stove since it can be out of reach if it is on the stovetop. The best place to keep it is mounted by the door of the kitchen, so you can easily get to it or under the base sink cabinet.
 
Garage
Since a garage is usually the storage area flammable materials are kept, this is another space you need to have fast access to a fire extinguisher. Like the kitchen, the best position is mounted by a doorway.
 
Your fire extinguishers should be kept in plain sight, easily reachable during an emergency. Do not put them away in closets, since it costs you valuable time when it is needed.
 
Using an Extinguisher Correctly
Remember PASS if you ever do need your extinguisher:
 P – Find the pin in the handle and pull it. The pin keeps the handle from getting squeezed accidentally and discharging the extinguisher.
A – Aim for the base of the fire where you have the most effect on the fire with the extinguisher.
S – Find the lever on top of the extinguisher and squeeze it, starting the deliverance of the contents inside.
S – The spray should go in a sweeping motion side-to-side across the fire’s base.
 
SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner can help you recover from the traumatic event of a fire in your home. We have the correct training and certification, plus the proper tools and equipment, to do the job efficiently and thoroughly while keeping you in mind. Give us a call at (253) 848-0800 anytime.

Why choose Professional Damage Restoration?

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) there are a couple of reasons to choose a professional over doing it yourself. Below are a few reasons:



  • The process of fire and water restoration is very involved when it is performed properly.

  • With quick reaction time and the appropriate skill set, a technician can help to prevent further damage and repair that which has already been done

  • The process and equipment used during fire and water restoration will vary from case to case, since different materials require their own unique care

  • For fire damage, general cleaning is done to remove ash and soot from ceiling to floor

  • The quick remediation of the problem is important for more than repairs, it is also a health consideration

  • Choose a company for fire and water restoration with the appropriate licenses and proof that they have the proper insurance.

  • Whether the work to be done is in a commercial or residential location, technicians with experience and certification should perform the damage recovery.


 


Call us at SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner (253-848-0800) so we can help you with your water, fire or mold damage

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner 

SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to help prevent flooding to your home in the Puyallup/Sumner area due to a storm.

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

1.    Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.

2.    Make sure your roof is secure and protected.

3.     Clear gutters and drains

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Puyallup/Sumner is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment and estimate

Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage Any appliances that have water coming into them or going out of them, have the potential to cause water damage. Call SERVPRO® quickly to remediate!

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Potential Damage


It is not just burst pipes, flooding, and storms that can cause water damage to your home; faulty appliances also have the potential to cause significant problems. Dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and refrigerators are some of the usual culprits in the home. However, there are measures you can take to significantly reduce the risk of them leaking and causing water damage to your property. Check the Hoses One of the most common causes of appliances causing water damage is the failure, damage or blockage of hoses. Both dishwashers and washing machines have hoses connected to them as they are water-drawing appliances. It is important to check the hoses regularly for degrading, cracks or blockages before further problems are caused. Realistically, hoses need replacing every three years. Identify and Check Water Valves You should make sure that everyone in the house knows where the main water valve and the water valves for each appliance are located. If a leak does occur, it can be dealt with swiftly by turning off the water. It is also important to check that the valves open and close correctly. SERVPRO® is often called out by people who have just returned home to find a flood or leak after a vacation or weekend away. A preventative measure you can take is to turn off the valves before you leave home. Drains, Pumps, and Filters Depending on the appliance, a piece of equipment may have drains, pumps or filters. Each of these components may become blocked with debris over time, and this will disrupt or prevent the flow of water. In turn, this can result in leakages or the appliance may stop working altogether. Check for blockages and debris at least twice a year to keep these parts clear. Contacting the Professionals There are some occasions when you will not be able to rectify a problem, and it is important you know when you need to call a professional rather than attempt to resolve an issue yourself. If your appliance has a warranty, then a qualified engineer will come to identify any problems and either fix or replace the parts as necessary. It is well worth considering an extended warranty, so your appliance is covered for longer. Having faults repaired quickly will minimize the chances of needing to use our services at SERVPRO® to tackle water damage. Although these tips reduce the risk of problems with household appliances, there is still the possibility of a fault or leak occurring that results in water damage to your home. In the event of this happening, contact SERVPRO® of Puyallup/Sumner as soon as possible at (253) 848-0800. Once you have described your emergency, our team of experts will visit you to assess the damage and begin restorative work as soon as possible.